Red, the Bird Demon is a custom champion in the custom champion series.
Red is a mage with two facets. As the simple "bird-demon", Red is a mage with great damage and some zone control. However, Red uses Essence for his abilities, meaning that not only does he have good harass, he also gets resources off of using his spells.
As the Bird Demon, Red is a simple mage with his main asset being his high damage. This form, however, is crippled with weaknesses: a total lack of escapes and lackluster crowd control, with the range of his abilities, means Red has to put himself at risk to achieve his damage.
As the Fire Dragon's Emissary, Red gains access to DoT, and reduced ability cooldowns. While Red retains his weaknesses, his crowd control is increased, and much of his single-target damage becomes AoE.
Born in a proud Noxian family, Red started his life as a wannabe-heir daddy's-boy. He always thrived for more recognition from his family despite their attempts to keep pushing his older brother Berthram to his responsibilities. In a few years, this eagerness to be recognized turned into frustration at what he felt was his own shortcomings, as he wasn't noticed or ascended in the line of succession: as the third son of the family, Red was always pushed aside.
When his family prepared a ritual for his older brother, Red planned the unthinkable. As he had heard about a family myth, he found a gate in an underground basement. This was what he had been looking for: a forbidden power his family had kept sealed. However, by the time he had made it here, he heard a wave of screams from outside. Death screams. Red hid near the gate when Berthram, with newfound massive power, killed everyone in his sights. The collision with a flying body knocked Red unconscious.
When Red stood back up in the middle of a trail of corpses, the thing he feared would happen had happened: what he could describe as a demon was standing in front of the gate. It walked to Red and grabbed him by the face. His mind invaded, Red scrambled for life as the demon ran away with his deed done. By the time he woke up, his body had been deformed into one that looked like that of the devil.
In the following months, Red tried to use his family's wealth to buy his way back into a normal life, but as time passed by, he felt prey to random bursts of madness, as he felt his mind blanking out. Knowing that this was an aftereffect from his encounter with the demon, Red looked for a cure, but found nothing that explicitly was said to remove this ailment of his mind. Desperate, Red sought to single-handedly perform the ritual akin to that his brother had been subjected to, in an attempt to fill the void in his mind with the powers of fire.
The parasitic presence in his mind burned away, Red had to thank the entity responsible: a dragon that now resided within his mind and body, and asked for the power to live. To make the Fire Dragon live, Red had to spread the fire. Set to leave the family domain, Red put his entire family domain on fire. As the dragon relished from Red's baptism of fire, he was approached by a Noxian general who gave him one mission for Noxus: ambush and dispatch his own oldest brother Kashmer, who had spent Red's entire life away from Red. Feeling no remorse, Red set out on his mission and, with his new power, could defeat his older brother. When he found out about Kashmer's secret plans, he took over the Red Round. Though wary of his situation, four comrades is more than Red could ask for...
"Life only has two parts: fate, and decisions."― Red
"5000 years ago, amidst the infinite desert, a great city was flourishing. However, even a flower amidst the desert has its shadow..."― Premise of the incoming piece of custom champion lore "Ancient Times"